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In the UK, the House of Lords, Science and Technology Committee, is running an inquiry into off-site manufacturing for the construction industry. This involves the construction of components before they are brought together for final assembly at their destination. In looking at the potential benefits, and disadvantages of off-site manufacture, it will be considering how Government policy, particularly around public procurement, may have to change in order to accommodate associated economic and environmental sustainable practices. The Committee is inviting submissions from the industry with practical experiences/learnings on what might be the advantages or otherwise of off-site manufacture, and is asking what the necessary changes to public procurement might need to be.  Written evidence is to be submitted by April 26. It is anticipated that the enquiry will lead to a boost in productivity to the UK construction industry which was worth nearly £100bn to the UK economy in 2016. pcbtoday has fuller details.

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